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August 21, 2014

McMillian Adjusting To New Role

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When Travon McMillian committed and then signed his letter of intent with Virginia Tech in February, he was promised a shot to play quarterback by offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler. And he was given that opportunity, even though it lasted all of a week.

Two weeks ago, McMillian, a dynamic athlete at C.D. Hylton High School (Va.) who played a number of skill positions, moved to running back. Sure, it's a detour from what he'd originally planned, but McMillian believes it's the best way for him to have an early impact this fall.

There have, however, been a few adjustments to make.

"As a running back, you have to learn certain techniques and everything, for example, blocking," McMillian said. "I've never blocked, so it's just learning the techniques. But I feel like it's a pretty good transition. Things like route running and catching the ball, that's come natural to me. Hitting the hole, I've done a lot of that in high school, so it wasn't a big transition from that standpoint."

McMillian hasn't forgotten about his aspirations to play quarterback. But for now, given the logjam ahead of him at quarterback and his abilities to play elsewhere, running back is his best chance to make something happen. He'll also get a few looks on special teams as a kick and punt returner.

"I feel like I can still get that chance in the future," McMillian said of quarterback. "There's older guys here, like Mark Leal. They've been knowing the playbook for a while. Coming in as a quarterback, you have to learn pass protections and route concepts and it's a lot. I feel like I didn't have the time to learn quarterback, so they're focus now is to get me on the field right away and utilize my athleticism right away."

Below is McMillian's full interview with the media yesterday morning:

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